Hello again, savvy savers! For today’s October No-Spend Daily Challenge, as part of the #31DayLWSZ Challenge, I want to discuss my experience with today’s prompt, freezer cooking meals.
So, to begin. I’ve been making freezer cooking meals for several years.
Here’s how it started – After a few year of being married I began to become both a work-from-home legal position, as well as a full-time caretaker for my grandmother. This new season of life turned my ordinary world, my ordinary life into a busy chaotic whirlwind of facsimiles, schedule medicine sessions, cleaning, care-taking, all while trying to cook dinner for my family. Often times, when I had an especially busy exhausting day I would turn to fast food, or home cooked fast food for dinner like boxed Mac n Cheese, hot dogs, or dare I say cold cereal.
In my heart, I knew this wasn’t the food I wanted myself or my family to eat, but because of being mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausted I took the proverbial easy way out. It was during this time I heard about easy freezer meals, meal plans where in under a few hours I could cook, prep, and freezer crock-pot ready meals in under an hour, which would yield a months meals. I decided to try it out.
My first experience: I cooked for a whole morning in my kitchen, finished 30 meals, and was no worse the wear for having done so. I felt so wonderful and the rest of that month I didn’t dread the dinner hour. The biggest change? My husband was so happy to have real cooking again, he began requesting freezer-ready meals be placed onto our month menu planning sessions; this in turn spurned my love of freezer cooking. So, you may be thinking, are freezer-ready meals great for my family?
Make ahead freezer meals for a month are great for people:
- Who have busy lives and don’t always have time to cook a nice meal.
- People who eat at fast food a lot but want better healthy meals quick.
- Brand new mothers who just had a baby and need to rest or enjoy every precious minute of a new one.
- Folks who are sick, elderly or injured and cannot cook.
- People on a limited budget.
What can be frozen and what cannot:
- There are a few items that don’t freeze well: Lettuce, cucumbers, bean sprouts, and raw potatoes .
- Egg-based products: Hard boiled eggs & Egg based sauces like mayonnaise will separate and curdle.
What containers are good to use for easy freezer meals:
- Gallon or quart sized plastic or re-usable freezer safe bags.
- Aluminum pans, with crimp lids.
- Lidded plastic containers.
Here is a list of my favorite freezer meals:
- Freezer Cooking Session: Crockpot Pork Loin & DIY Cranberry Sauce
- Crock Pot Moroccan Tagine Chicken Recipe!
- DIY Chef Boyardee Ravioli! #TBT
- Cinco de Mayo Couponed Crockpot Chicken Mole!
- Reuben Casserole!
- Crockpot Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
- Cleverly Couponed Crawfish Etouffee!
- Punxsutawney Meatless Monday Crockpot Chili!
- Throwback Thursday’s: Cheesy Buffalo Wings!
- How To Make Smoked Chicken Stock!
- Throwback Thursdays: Homemade Easy Bake Oven Chocolate Cake Mix & Frosting Kits, For Only $0.20!
- Completely Couponed Coconut Mango Chicken Crockpot Curry
- 1-Hour Freezer Cooking: Chicken and Dumplings!
So, everyone I cannot tell you all how highly I recommend freezer cooking meals! So, if anyone has other great tips for freezer cooking, I’d love to hear about it.
Here’s to saving,